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Reaping The Whirlwind

The Spiritual decline of God’s chosen people in the Old Testament includes some of the saddest passages in the Bible.  God dearly loved the children of Israel, but they continually rejected Him and turned away.

God appointed King David to unite the nation and focus their worship on the One True God.  David made plans for the construction of a temple and King Solomon built the temple a few years later.  But toward the end of Solomon’s reign, “his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God” (1 Kings 11:4).  The Spiritual decline began with the leadership and then flowed quickly down to the people.

When Solomon died, the nation of Israel divided and the northern kingdom immediately began to pervert their worship: “The king made two golden calves {and said} ‘Here are your gods'” (1 Kings 12:28).  After almost 200 years of continual disobedience, the northern kingdom had hardened their hearts so that repentance was no longer even possible; “their deeds do not permit them to return to God” (Hosea 5:4).  God is ready, willing, and able to forgive every sin; but continual disobedience removes the desire to draw near and seek His forgiveness.  After so many years of false worship, the people would not return to God and would now experience His wrath.

Hosea 8:7
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”

The people of Israel had planted evil seed into their lives for many years – now the time had come to harvest the destruction they had planted.  Soon after Hosea spoke these words of God, the Assyrian army invaded and destroyed the northern kingdom.

God demonstrated His love for us long before we ever loved Him; “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  This love was unconditional love since we did absolutely nothing to deserve His favor.  But if we do not receive His love, through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus, and allow His Spirit to begin to transform us from within, we too will one day feel His wrath.

The wind of unbelief and lack of trust, false worship and a cold heart, will one day yield an eternal whirlwind which cannot be stopped.  And the wind of open sin in the lives of spiritual leaders, or the spiritual compromise in the lives of parents, can lead many generations down a path of destruction.

Let’s plant and nourish seeds of truth and love which will thrive in His presence for all eternity.  Let’s trust Him with a faith which walks into the unknown without fear because we know He is by our side.  Let’s determine once and for all to live an uncompromising life which brings glory and honor to God; and on the great day of harvest, let’s joyfully enter His embrace without the fear of reaping the whirlwind.

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Stop Sowing The Wind

In the message “Reaping The Whirlwind” we were encouraged not to sow the wind of unbelief, because a life without faith and the saving grace of Jesus will one day reap an eternal whirlwind of fire.  The message of sowing and reaping has critical application for the eternal destiny of many around the world.  We must guard against those who sow seeds of false teaching which lead away from the true eternal forgiveness of Christ.  But this message also has direct application for our daily walk with our Lord.

We know there are times when we face severe trials which have nothing to do with what we have sown.  Jesus made this clear when He said: “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).  We live in a sinful world and often reap the consequences for what others have sown; and for these troubles, Jesus wants us to find our comfort in Him: “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

But we must also understand that many of our trials, and the trials of those around us, are often the result of a multitude of small steps taken outside the will of God.

Galatians 6:7
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

It’s foolish to think we can continually walk outside God’s will and not face consequences down the road.  God dearly loves us and is patiently waiting for us to turn our heart to Him…but God cannot be mocked.  Continuous deviation from His path can lead to a long and painful time of wandering.

We must learn this lesson and clearly teach it to others: Obedience in the little things is important!  There is nothing too small to justify a lack of obedience.  “Whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).  We must learn and teach, very early in life, the importance of honesty and truth, the value of submission and respect for authority.  The wind of disobedience begins almost imperceptibly small with “innocent” lies and “harmless” acts of disrespect,  but over time it grows until the whirlwind of consequences becomes inevitable.

If we are currently reaping a whirlwind which we know has been sown by our own hands, we must repent and seek His forgiveness, love Him and obediently trust Him with ALL our heart, and ask for the strength to endure.  The whirlwind will end, but only in God’s perfect timing.  And if we know we have been sowing the wind of disobedience and yet see God’s hand restraining the whirlwind, we also must repent and seek His forgiveness, love Him and obediently trust Him with ALL our heart…and thank Him for His mercy!

Let’s honor Him by only sowing that which glorifies His name.  Let’s closely examine our life and the lives of those within our care, and be absolutely determined to stop sowing the wind.

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October 15, 2008 - Posted by | Daily Devotions, God / Jesus Christ

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